This Week on Television – April 14-20

While May Sweeps are approaching quickly, I continue to ask myself, if we aren’t in Sweeps, then how amazing are things going to get as our favouite shows reach their season finales? Again, I find myself enjoying television more than I ought, especially with the phenomenal conclusion of Season I of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. I hope you are enjoying right along with me.

Supernatural: Point of No Return – I seriously thought that Dean (Jensen Ackles) was going to say Yes to Michael, and that the last 3 episodes of the season would be spent with Sam (Jared Padalecki) trying to avoid saying yes and trying to save the planet and trying to rescue his brother. This episode was SO much better than that. Castiel (Misha Collins) was so angry and so justified in his anger, and Bobby (Jim Beaver) was not in a much better mood, but Sam had faith. Regardless of anything else, he had faith, and he was there when Dean hit absolute rock bottom to give him hope and keep him saying No.

Bones: The Death of the Queen Bee – Are we remotely surprised that Brennan (Emily Deschanel)’s only high school friend was the creepy janitor (guest star Robert Englund) who brought her dead rabbits to dissect? No more than we are by the fact that two of her classmates had committed a murder back when she was in high school, over a boy, and that one of them had now killed the other over that same boy. The peppy, cheery types can be just as creepy as those who accept their inner Morticia.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Kill Them All – The blood bath that concluded the first season of Spartacus made every fight scene before appear rather bland. Gladiators cut down all the wealthy Roman masters who had turned out to watch Spartacus (Andy Whitfield) and Crixus (Manu Bennett) fight to the death. They had not suspected it would be their deaths. The feeling of liberty we ourselves felt while watching the massacre is only a tribute to how well the writers rallied us to the gladiators’ cause. And, boy, was it a fun finale.

Stargate Universe: Faith – Although Stargate Universe continues to give a far better showing that it did in its first 10 episodes, I was a little confused about this week’s episode. It was very peaceful, and did a good job of showing a reconciliation between the civilian and military factions aboard Destiny, but there seemed to be a hand guiding them from a distance, which I think was intentional, but I still have not determined the purpose of it. Oh well, next week Michael Shanks will guest star, so I’m ridiculously excited!

The Pacific: Part 6 – Two weeks ago, the marines were faced with too much rain. Now, they are faced with a lack of drinkable water, and are forced to run across an airfield while parched. Which really isn’t as big a deal as the fact that they are also being shot at. Again I am amazed that any survived, or that any had the will to do the things they did. And to think, we are only watching an hour of this horror, while they spent months suffering through it.

Castle: Den of Thieves – Mob ties, disappearing partners, murder, and sexy sparring made this episode of Castle just as exciting as the one a few weeks back when Beckett (Stana Katic)’s apartment exploded. Esposito (Jon Huertas) had a partner who was murdered a few years back, only it turned out he wasn’t dead – was he working for the mob, or was he trying to prove his innocence? And what was Esposito supposed to do – help his friend, or arrest him? What a great way to remind us of just how loyal Beckett’s team is.

V: We Can’t Win –  I am back to being pleased with V, and hoping that it won’t get cancelled. Make sure you keep watching it and get those numbers up! The best part of the episode was when Joshua (Mark Hildreth) tested Lisa (Laura Vandervoort) and discovered that she was having feelings. He saw the potential in keeping her alive, even though other members of the 5th column simply wanted to see her dead. In the end, what he did was perfect. He did not tell Anna, but when Lisa confronted him about it, he told her show owed him. Very V, but a perfect way to allow her emotions to continue to develop.

Glee: The Power of Madonna – Glee gave another powerful episode, masking a discussion of important teen issues in a carnival of Madonna music. Even though I’m not entirely sure Madonna is exactly the best role model for young women, she certainly knows herself and does what she wants because she wants to. And perhaps that is the best lesson for young girls to learn? But really, the best line of the night was when Sue commented on the smell of cookies basking from the ovens of the elfs who live in Will’s hair. Loving it!

So another week of great television goes by. What was the highlight of the week for you?